Skydive is scarier than my cancer
ASOUTHPORT student who was diagnosed with cancer when he was 17 said he was more scared of a planned charity skydive than of battling the illness.
Gerry Moran, 18, was diagnosed with testicular cancer weeks after finding a lump while on a family holiday in Portugal.
He has since undergone two operations and weeks of chemotherapy but said the worst thing he experienced was seeing his loved ones feeling upset and worried.
This weekend he is taking on a daring skydive in Lancaster to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust as thanks for the support it gave during his cancer battle.
Gerry, who is studying physics, chemistry, and maths at KGV College in Southport and also works at the Tesco superstore in Kew, said he was “terrified” of heights but wanted a genuine challenge to make the fundraising worthwhile.
He added: “I just wanted to face my fears. I wanted it to be a challenge because if it wasn’t a challenge then it wouldn’t be worth it.”
Gerry said: “Last September I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to go through surgery and chemotherapy treatment. While I was in hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust really helped me.
“Having gone through that, you really see where the money goes, not one penny is wasted.
“Despite what I went through, you see people who are going through so much worse and I just thought that I’d do whatever I could to help them and to give something back.’’
The skydive will take place this Saturday, September 29 – about one year after Gerry was originally diagnosed.
Despite being told he had cancer at such a young age, he said: “I just took it on the chin and thought ‘it is what it is’. I couldn’t worry because I couldn’t change it.
“For me, it was more seeing the faces of other people getting upset that was difficult.”
Gerry had originally found a lump in August 2017 while was on holiday and decided and decided to see his doctor when he got back.
He was told it was most likely a cyst, but was referred to have a scan to make sure.
A day after the scan, the former Birkdale High School pupil was given his diagnosis.
After his first surgery, he underwent weeks of chemotherapy before a second operation was required to cut his stomach open to see if the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Thankfully, it had not spread and he was able to finish his treatment.
“You hear the word cancer and your heart kind of drops a bit but after a while you come to terms with it,” Gerry said.
“With testicular cancer, it’s more than 90% that you’re going to be fine so I was never too worried. I thought that everyone has their kind of blips in life and for me, this is my blip and it’s come kind of early.
“You see people in a much worse situation and they’re happy and it does make you think, as corny as it sounds, about what’s really important in life.”
As well as looking to help others by fundraising, Gerry has a strong message for those who fear they may be ill but aren’t sure or don’t want to go through medical checks.
“Young people don’t want to go to doctors and I think the overall cause is social media and people not wanting to be seen as having anything wrong and that’s a problem.
“If you got a lump, don’t hesitate to go to a doctor because you could be saving your own life.”
To support Gerry’s fundraising, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/gerry-moran-skydive
Gerry Moran was diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 17